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Cleveland Police Cadets Join the White Ribbon Campaign


PCC Barry Coppinger with the Police Cadets at Redcar & Cleveland Police HQ in Kirkleatham

The White Ribbon Campaign is a national Anti-Domestic Abuse Campaign, which is fully supported by the Redcar and Cleveland Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland and Cleveland Police.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said:  "This will be a good opportunity for the Cleveland Police Cadets to become young ambassadors for the campaign.  They will also take part in awareness raising opportunities later in the year."

The 24 Police Cadets will take part in a number of practical scenarios at Kirkleatham Police Office, during which they will parade on duty, be given a pseudo Intelligence briefing and issued with radio sets.

They will then be directed towards on-going incidents within the non-operational areas of the Police Office and open-air scenarios within the rear car park of the building. They will be expected to confront violence, reassure victims of crime and where necessary arrest offenders.

One such scenario will be a reported incident of domestic abuse, with Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Youth Development Officer taking on the role of a perpetrator of Domestic abuse, and a representative from Eva Women’s aid acting as a victim. The Cadets will be expected to deal with the incident robustly and sensitively and to arrest the assailant and place him in a cell at the Police Office. They will be escorted throughout the evening by Instructional staff, who will guide and support the young people and have already studied the topics that they will encounter throughout the night and dealing with the practical scenarios will underpin that learning.

The Cadets will learn more about the issues surrounding Domestic Violence in the following weeks through guest speakers, drawing upon the experiences gained on 31st January. Other scenarios include:-

  • Drugs dealing                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Vulnerable Missing Person                                                                                                                                                         
  • Auto Crime                                                                                                                                              
  • Drunkenness

Members of the Media are invited to attend the event at Kirkleatham Police Office at 8.30pm on Saturday 31st January, where PCC Barry Coppinger, Insp Dan Maddison, Richard Gerrard and Cllr Clarke will be available for comment.


Posted on Friday 30th January 2015
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